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Commitment to Society

Date of Signing Titles of Initiatives
April 2002 The UN Global Compact* The UN Global Compact advocates ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anticorruption. Ricoh is the second Japanese company that has signed up to the global initiative.
April 2008 Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB) As an aggressive joint effort for the conservation of biological diversity, the private sector launched the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB). Ricoh has participated in the initiative as one of the key players from the initial stages.
May 2008 Business and Biodiversity Initiative Ricoh signed the Leadership Declaration on the Business and Biodiversity Initiative at the Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP9), held in Germany. We are thereby committed to assessing and analyzing the impact of our business activities on biodiversity and to making efforts to conserve it.
November 2008 CEO Statement for the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights To show our public commitment to human rights, Ricoh signed a CEO Statement advocated by the United Nations on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
July 2009 Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership (JapanCLP) Ricoh announced its participation in the Japan Climate Leaders' Partnership (JapanCLP) as one of the founding members.
December 2010 Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change Ricoh announced its support for the Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change, which was proposed by the Corporate Leaders' Group on Climate Change (CLG), an organization developed by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and managed by the University of Cambridge.
February 2011 The Women's Empowerment Principles Ricoh signed a CEO Statement of support for the Women's Empowerment Principles, collaboratively developed by UN Women and the UN Global Compact.

* The UN Global Compact (GC)


The UN Global Compact, launched in July 2000, proposes ten principles in the fields of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Ricoh joined the Compact in 2002, as one of the first Japanese companies to do so and has been serving as one of the directors on the Global Compact Japan Network since fiscal 2008.

The Ten Principles

  • [Human Rights]
  • Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  • make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
  • [Labour]
  • Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
  • the effective abolition of child labour; and
  • the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
  • [Environment]
  • Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  • encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
  • [Anti-Corruption]
  • Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

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